Why are the EU and UK engulfed in a row over vaccine supplies?

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The European Commission insisted on Monday it was not set on “banning vaccine exports” amid an escalating row over supplies that has threatened to derail vaccination efforts across the continent.

Eric Mamer, spokesman for EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, said the bloc was focused on “making sure that companies deliver on their commitments to the member states” rather than restricting movement of doses to third countries.

There is growing frustration on the continent that the EU is not getting the supplies it expected from AstraZeneca.

Boris Johnson spoke with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and French president, Emmanuel Macron, on Monday in a bid to end the stand-off.

The EU leaders are to hold a virtual summit on Thursday where the matter will be debated further.

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